Research Note

The prevalence of the larval stage of taenia ovis at the Port Elizabeth Abattoir

G. W. Burroughs, H. M. Nel, M. C. Coetzee
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 1 | a1571 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v62i1.1571 | © 2020 G. W. Burroughs, H. M. Nel, M. C. Coetzee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 August 2017 | Published: 30 March 1991

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G. W. Burroughs, Johannesburg Abattoir, South Africa
H. M. Nel, Port Elizabeth Abattoir, South Africa
M. C. Coetzee, Port Elizabeth Abattoir, South Africa

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Abstract

The prevalence of the larval stage of Taenia ovis and the origin of the animals were recorded for a period of 39 days at the Port Elizabeth abattoir. Cysticercosis was more frequently found in the M. triceps brachii of sheep, but the actual cysticerci were fewer than those found in the semimembranosus, semitendinosus, adductor, biceps femoris, vastus, rectus femoris and gracilis group of muscles of the hind limb (leg muscles). Most animals originated from farms in the Oudtshoorn district.

Keywords

taenia ovis; sheep; prevalence; skeletal muscles

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